What is TOEFL and How Do I Get the Score

The world is filled with acronyms, but some of them are more important than others. In the world of language and education, the acronym TOEFL is one of the most critical, and one of the most important to understand.

If you are not already familiar with the TOEFL acronym and score, it is time to learn a little bit about it. The more you know about how the TOEFL score is calculated, the easier it will be to get the score you need to secure your personal and professional future.

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language, and the point range runs from 0 to 120. The test itself is divided into four distinct sections, with each section score on a 0 to 30 basis.

Understanding the TOEFL Score

If you want to score well on the TOEFL test, it is important to understand how the test is administered, and how it is scored. For instance, your TOEFL score is based on how well you perform on the individual questions. In order to receive a TOEFL score, the individual taking the test must answer a minimum of one question in the Reading and Listening sections. In addition to those required questions, the individual must also write at least one essay and complete at least one speaking task.

The TOEFL test can be taken online, and when the exam is complete, the applicant will receive four separately scaled section scores, along with a total score. The four separate scores that make up the overall TOEFL score are:

   The reading section, with a score range of 0 to 30

   The listening section, with a score range of 0 to 30

   The speaking section, with a potential range of 0 to 30

   The writing section, with a range of 0 to 30

   The total score, ranging from 0 to 120

The numerical score is the most visible, and arguably the most important, part of the TOEFL testing process, but it is not the only part. In addition to their TOEFL scores, test takers will also receive an official report, including professional feedback on their performance. This individualized feedback reflects the performance level of the test taker. More notably, the report will also indicate the types of tasks that can be attempted, based on the score received.

No Passing or Failing Grade

It is important to note that the TOEFL is different from other exams in that there is no passing or failing score. The 0 to 120 point range is important for reference purposes, and a higher score is certainly better than a low one. Even so, it is important to note that individual agencies and educational institutions are free to set their own TOEFL score requirements. This flexibility provides TOEFL test takers with additional options, so a relatively low score is not necessarily cause for alarm. We at Golden Gate Language School can help you understand more about these requirements and prepare you for the exam.

When an individual receives a TOEFL score, that score will be valid for two years following the test date. Those planning to pursue a career in higher education will also be happy to know that there is no limit on the number of times an individual can take the test. The only restriction is that an individual may not take the TOEFL test more than one time within a 12 day period.

That means if you already have a test appointment scheduled, you will not be able to register for a second test within 12 days of the original appointment date. Apart from that restriction, applicants are free to take the TOEFL test as many times as they wish.

If you are worried about the TOEFL test and are not sure about taking it, don’t. Golden Gate Language School has affiliate institutions that will accept you without a TOEFL score. With our Guaranteed Transfer Program you can be confident that you will have a successful college transition even without a TOEFL score.

How the TOEFL Test is Scored

If this is your first time taking the TOEFL test, it is important to understand how the exam is scored. When you answer the questions on the TOEFL, your performance will be assessed by both human raters and an automated scoring system. This combination of human input and machine scoring is designed to provide an accurate and complete picture of your abilities in the four areas covered.

The input of human scorers is particularly important on the writing section of the test. While automated scoring is an important part of the process, the human element is needed to assess the test taker's ability to communicate ideas, demonstrate fluency, and master the linguistic features of the English language. Our school will help you achieve your fluency goals.

The test has been carefully designed to gauge proficiency, and the results of the exam are taken very seriously by educational institutions and organizations around the world. Knowing how the test is scored and the components it contains will make studying for the TOEFL easier, so you can get the score you want the first time.

Improve Your Language Skills

If you are looking for the perfect school to improve your language proficiency and get you ready for TOEFL, you cannot do better than the Golden Gate Language School (GGLS). At GGLS, we specialize in helping students prepare for the TOEFL exam, and our results speak for themselves.

Through our many years of TOEFL training, the Golden Gate Language School (GGLS) has helped thousands of students from China, Brazil, Japan, Korea and Taiwan gain the skills they need to succeed in the exam, and in life. The glowing references our students have provided is further proof that the Golden Gate Language School is the best training resource around.

To learn more about TOEFL and what our school offers contact us right away.

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